The annual Karthika Vanabhojanam programme held in the lush green woods at Paruveta Mandapam in Tirumala on Sunday with religious fervor.
Earlier the utsava idols of Sri Malayappa along with Sridevi and Bhudevi were brought to the mandapam in a colourful procession and snapana tirumanjanam was performed amidst the rhythmic chanting of Purusha, Narayana, Sri, Bhu, and Neela Sooktams by Vedic pundits.
Later the artists of Annamacharya Project presented some melodious sankeertans followed by the instrumental rendition of some more kritis while Harikatha Parayanam on Garudadri Vaibhavam was an added attraction to the event.
Speaking on this occasion, the Additional EO Sri AV Dharma Reddy said, usually tens of thousands of devotees converge in the green woods for this most important community dining programme. But due to Covid restrictions, we have limited this number to just a couple of hundreds. The entire event went off in a colourful way.
After the Pooja and Nivedana to deities, the community dining programme, Karthika Vanabhojanam was organised and the devotees cherished the Annaprasadam under the Amla trees at Paruveta Mandapam. Later the deities were taken back to the temple.
TTD has cancelled Kalyanotsavam, Unjal Seva, Arjita Brahmotsavam, and Sahasra Deepalankara Seva on Sunday following this fete.
Board Member Sri Murali Krishna, DyEOs Sri Harindranath, Sri Balaji, Sri Nagaraja, Health Officer Dr RR Reddy, DFO Sri Chandrasekhar, EEs Sri Jaganmohan Reddy, Sri Mallikarjuna Prasad, Sri Srihari, Sri Chandrasekhar, VGO Sri Bali Reddy, Temple Peishkar Sri Jaganmohanacharya, Potu Peishkar Sri Srinivasulu and others were also present.